Small Business Summit

Inflation and the Economy

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

11:00 AM CST

Free Virtual Summit

Inflation is at near-record levels, supply chain issues abound, and many other factors will affect our ability to make sound financial decisions for our small businesses. During this disruption, it's hard to get straight answers about what is going on and why. Join us for a special event with an expert economist to answer all of your questions about the economy.

  • What is going on with inflation - will the prices of everything keep going up?
  • Is an economic downturn on the way?
  • Is the war in Ukraine going to keep gas prices high and what other impacts might it cause?
  • Is now a good time to invest in our business, or, should we be stacking up cash to weather a storm?
  • How long will this last?


And, we'll take YOUR QUESTIONS to get the answers we need!

Our Expert

Since 1996, Dan North has been with Allianz Trade, the world’s oldest and largest credit insurance company. As the company’s chief economist for North America, he uses macroeconomic and quantitative analyses to help manage Allianz Trade’s risk portfolio of more than $250 billion in annual trade transactions within the region. Prior to joining the company, Dan worked for Citicorp, using similar analyses to create outperforming investment strategies. Dan North earned his MBA degree from the Wharton School of Business.


As one of the leading U.S. economists, Dan North has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business News, ABC News Now, France 24, and Bloomberg Radio and Television. He has been quoted by USA Today, Barron’s, Bloomberg Business Week, The Washington Post, Paris Le Monde, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Times. After having predicted the 2008/2009 recession and its implications accurately, Dan North was ranked 4th on Bloomberg’s list of the 65 top economic forecasters in 2010.

Dan North

Senior Economist North America

Allianz Trade

Hosted by:

Pat Miller

Founder of the Idea Collective Small Business Incubator

Pat served as an on-air broadcaster and leader for 22 years. Local radio is all about connecting with listeners and inspiring them to take action. It could be through a laugh, encouraging a sale, or simply being their companion throughout the day. The business side of radio relies on working with small businesses in the area. Pat’s specialty in the business was solving marketing and attention problems for local small businesses.


Pat brings his battle-tested experience to serve small businesses as the Idea Coach. He helps Idea Collective members find clarity and confidence in their day-to-day operations.

Vince Vitrano

Morning Anchor for 620 WTMJ

Vince is currently the host of ‘Wisconsin’s Morning News’ on WTMJ 620-AM radio. He started as a general assignment reporter at the station and is now the anchor of ‘TMJ4 News Today’.


Vince is also a regular guest on WTMJ Radio. He received multiple awards from the Associated Press and the Milwaukee Press Club, as well as the 2018 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association award for Best Social/Digital Media Personality and a 2015 Chicago Midwest Regional Emmy.

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